Analysis

Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
After decades of court cases have rebuffed federal management, it may take a political fix to restore salmon in the Columbia Basin.
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Energy scholars explain what rescinding methane regulations will mean for the climate and industry.
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
The community of Dufur, Oregon, bands together to douse the flames.
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Monument reviews, wilderness access are key sticking points in the midterms.
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
Access to public lands has caused St. George to become one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
Indigenous film festivals showcase Native stories, but more support is needed to reach mainstream audiences.
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
A new documentary explores progress and place in fracking country.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
After reunion deadline, many families remain separated
After reunion deadline, many families remain separated
The chances of reuniting immigrant parents and children may dwindle with time.
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
A renewable energy ballot measure could up the state’s reliance on cleaner energy.
Interior ordered an end to science-forward parks policy
Interior ordered an end to science-forward parks policy
The Obama-era guidelines emphasized research and precaution in decision-making.
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
It’s politicians — not citizens — who want to gut protections for threatened species.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
North Dakota ranchers rely on the rain — and last year the rains failed.
What gun shops can do to help prevent suicide
What gun shops can do to help prevent suicide
Montana’s arms dealers could learn from a model in New Hampshire.
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
California’s rural-urban divide blurs in crucial House race
Water and immigration are key issues as Democrats seek to unseat an incumbent.
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Instead of restoring the past, ecologists are increasingly focused on the future.
The future of Alaska’s Pebble Mine — and its salmon
The future of Alaska’s Pebble Mine — and its salmon
A timeline shows Scott Pruitt’s EPA waffling between mining and fishing interests.
Trump’s ‘border crisis’ debunked, in 6 charts
Trump’s ‘border crisis’ debunked, in 6 charts
The number of apprehended migrants is at its lowest since 1970.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
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